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Experiences worth working for.

Real-world learning is your opportunity to apply the classroom skills you have worked so hard to learn. These hands-on experiences are vital to your education, and they will help you lay the foundation of future success.

COUNSELING Graduate Education SOE
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What You Need

Experiential learning, on and off campus.

Gain field experience. Work in a counseling clinic. Start teaching before you even graduate. Build a foundation of experience to prepare you for your future career.

As an education major, you will spend many hours in schools before beginning your student teaching, which is a strength of our program. If your education program leads to an Indiana teacher license, part of the requirement is that you will student-teach your last semester.  If you are pursuing a teaching degree or licensure, you are required to participate in the prescribed field experience program.

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As a human services major, you’ll have every chance to build an impressive résumé that will take you where you want to go.

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As a graduate student in the counseling program, you’ll spend time working directly with clients in our Community Counseling Center, right here on campus.

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Student Organizations

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Chi Eta Sigma

Make connections to achieve excellence in counseling through fun events such as bonfires, festivals, fundraisers, and more.
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Dons for Education

Foster relationships in education and teaching and discover about how these relationships enhance learning.
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Tau Upsilon Alpha

Get involved with the human services honor society of Purdue University Fort Wayne.
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Centers and Institutes

Excellence and expertise.


Our institutes and centers are focused on research excellence or community service, and dedicated to the creation of new knowledge in a specific scholarly area.

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Study Abroad

Let the world be your classroom.

Your college experience is special—and uniquely yours. Imagine enhancing it by taking your studies overseas. Living and learning in a different country will foster both your independence and your personal development. Through this experience, and the knowledge you’ll gain living like a local, you’ll emerge with a new perspective.

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Alumni Success
“I chose this university because I loved the campus, the size of the school was a great fit for me, and it felt like a family atmosphere. I especially saw this through the athletic department, but then soon came to realize my program classes had the same feeling.”
Cesiley LaCourt, B.S.Ed. ’21
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